You will need the following forms:

pdfForm NoVA 1 Application

pdfForm 4003

pdfV55/5 Application


  1. Apply for a NoVA 1 by completing the NoVA application form. Applications can be submitted up to 28 days before registration with the DVLA is required. Send the application to C&I, Antwerp Barracks, BFPO 16

    NB. The date requested on the NoVA application form should be the date of registration NOT the date you are travelling. Avoid selecting weekends and periods of Stand Down as you will be unable to complete the registration on that date.

  2. Vehicles must have a valid VLO registration. If not, you must complete the process for renewal.

  3. Up to 14 days before the Registration date customers must attend an NSE Office with the following documents.
    • NoVA 1
    • v55/5 (pages 1 and 2)
    • Form 73
    • Form of ID (driving licence plus one other)
    • Vehicles over 3 years old - TüV certificate (must have 14 days or more remaining, by date of DVLA registration)
    • Proof of UK address for V5 Document
    • CoC - for vehicles registered by VLO, must provide Allocation Certificate and Certificate of Conformity
    • Valid UK Insurance Certificate or Cover Note

  4. The NSE Clerk will check all the documents and forward to the VLO. Please ensure you have either a contact telephone number and/or email.
    IMPORTANT: Please be aware that from this point forward the UK Registration Process cannot be cancelled despite any subsequent changes of circumstance.

  5. On the date of registration you must first pay any duty due (Registration Fee). Payment should be made in cash at your NSE and will be at the GAR.

  6. In order to be issued with a NoVA your vehicle must be in Germany on your nominated UK registration date. A physical check of your vehicle will take place on collection of your UK registration documentation at your local NSE.

  7. You will also need to complete Form 4003 and submit along with your Form 73, Aral Fulecard and if applicable the registration plates when you are collecting your DVLA paperwork.

  8. Once you have UK registered your vehicle you are no longer permitted to use your Aral FuelCard. The use of your Aral FuelCard after the vehicle's UK registration date is a contravention of the conditions of use and would result in a sanction.


Swapping your current vehicle for new vehicle

Personnel selling their current vehicle and buying a new one should follow the process outlined in Returning a vehicle to the UK for the current vehicle, followed by the Initial Registration process for the new vehicle.

If you know your new vehicle's details, then you can complete your application for an Import Licence (Form 60) before you depart Germany to collect your new car.


Important Conditions on VLO Import and Export of vehicles

Many members of the Force take advantage of living in Germany under the Status of Forces Agreement and purchase motor vehicles free of VAT and import duty. There are however, conditions attached to qualifying for VAT and duty relief. Every member of the force who has a driving licence may take one New Means of Transport (motor vehicle) per year to the UK whilst a permanent member of the Force, as long as that vehicle has accumulated 12 months of VLO registration.

If registration lapses (say for non-payment of insurance premium), the unregistered period is added on to the 12 months for taxation purposes. Do not get caught out and allow your insurance to lapse. If you do, you will have to keep your vehicle longer or be required to pay the VAT due on it.

If you are posted back to the UK permanently, you and each qualifying member of your family may take a tax free under one year old vehicle back with you. Tax will not be due on it, provided you keep possession of it until 12 months have elapsed since the initial VLO registration. If you sell it before the year point, you will be liable to pay VAT.